Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 21:37:52 +0100
Reply-To: Josh Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Josh Johnson <email@example.com>
Subject: Stability estimation: test-retest alpha reliability coefficient
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A question regarding test-retest reliability/stability calculation-
For the simple case of, for example, n respondents measured twice each (say, a month apart between administrations) on only one test/question. The calculation of the coefficient alpha seems to me straight forward in SPSS-
àSelect the two variables (the test and retest) to the variable box, àselect alpha, two way mixed (consistency) as the model.
(This is assuming the n respondents are a random sample of the larger population but the one question/test is the only item we are interested in and not a sample of a larger group of questions)
However how does one calculate the coefficient alpha when more then one measurement/question is asked for each respondent? For example a case where 20 questions are asked twice (test-retest)- is there an overall alpha I can calculate or am I confined to calculating separate alpha’s for each question? Assuming again that the respondents are a random sample and the 20 questions are fixed (not a sample of a larger group of questions I am interested in asking)
Any advice, references will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
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